Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

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Year : 1931 | State : Uttarakhand | City : Chamoli

This full of vegetation area is apparently domicile to rare animals, including snow leopard, brown bear, Asiatic black bear, and blue sheep. The gentle landscape complementing the rugged mountain wilderness, they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The Nanda Devi National Park is conquered by the peak of Nanda Devi, rising to more than 7,800 m. The park lies in Chamoli district, being an area of vast glacial basin, divided by a series of parallel ridges.

Both parks are included in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, which is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004. The Valley of Flowers is splashed with hundreds of different flowers and shades as time progressed. Home to rare flowers like blue Poppy and the Cobra Lily, The valley was declared a national park in 1982, now a World Heritage Site. This beautiful place got disappeared from the earlier tourist map due to its inaccessible approach, but in 1931, Frank S. Smythe a British mountaineer lost his way and entered the valley. Attracted to the beauty of place, he named it the “Valley of Flowers.”

The Valley is globally important on account of its diverse alpine flora. Some of the species represent a small sample of iconic animals and plants found in the property. Notable among these species are Himalayan Maple, High altitude lizard, Himalayan Birch, Heather, Thar, Monal, Himalayan yellow marten, musk deer and Himalayan weasel. Nearest airport in Jolly Grant, Dehradun is 295 kilometers away, while nearest railway station Rishikesh is 276 kilometers away. By road, you can get to The Valley of Flowers through Govind Ghat.

Map of Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks